Search Long And Frustrating, But Job Seeker Not Giving Up


Lenore Carfoa-Nye

DAYTON, NV - Lenore Carfora-Nye spends hours each day at the computer in her home in the Mark Twain area of Dayton in what seems like an endless search.

"I check the state site to see if there are any state jobs to apply to," she says. "I check Craig's List. I check my email."

That's been Lenore Carfora-Nye's daily routine for most of the two and a half years since she and her husband and their three kids moved to Nevada.

"It's my full time job, looking for a job."

Lenore has plenty of company. According to state officials, Nevada's unemployment rate stands at 12.7%, even higher in the north.

The statewide number is a slight improvement, signaling a slowly improving economy, but for job seekers like Lenore nothing has changed.

She has more than 20 years experience in administration and office management, a substantial resume that landed her a temporary job with the Nevada legislature last year, but then the 2011 session ended and once more she was out of a job.

She emerged with more experience and added state legislators to her list of references from staff and once more picked up her search.

She's lost track of how many applications she's sent out.

"Hundreds, probably thousands."

And she's expanded her search beyond her range of experience looking at any opening she thinks she can fill.

"I've even applied for warehouse clerk. It gets to the point where you're so frustrated not hearing anything or hearing No's that you want to expand your horizons and try other things."

Every now and then there's some interest and an interview, but no job. She suspects employers are passing her by for younger, less experienced applicants who will work cheaper.

"I walk into these places for interviews and I notice how young everyone is and I immediately feel different or strange. And it turns out I never hear from them."

State officials say Nevada's true unemployment rate is higher than the 12.7% released today. A large number of the jobless don't show up in the unemployment numbers. They've simply given up.

With her unemployment benefits due to run out in two weeks, Carfora-Nye admits to some frustration, but she's ready to join the uncounted.

"I stay hopeful. I try to stay optimistic that the next one I go to, that next one I walk into, they're going to see my value and hire me."

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